The dental assistant may seek career opportunities in private dental offices, research, teaching, clinics, hospitals, sales and insurance claims and specialty practices such as orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, endodontics and oral surgery.
The program provides a practicum in both local dental offices, the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and the Veterans Affairs Dental Clinic during the second semester.
The program in dental assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval with reporting requirements”]. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/100.aspx.
Successful completion of the program entitles graduate to take the National Dental Assistant Certification Examination and the Iowa Dental Assistant Registration Examinations.
As dental practices grow, more dental assistants will be needed. In fact, dental assistants are expected to be among the fastest growing occupations over the 2010-20 projection period. Median annual wages of dental assistants were $33,470 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,680, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $47,090.
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Each allied health student must have an insurance plan to cover any injury or illness requiring hospital treatment or surgery. In addition, all students are required to submit evidence of good health through a physical examination and immunization form. Proof of successful completion of a course in CPR (BCIS for health care providers) is also required. These requirements will be due after the student starts the program.